The injuries made both teams smaller, and St. Albans forward Tanner Aliff benefited the most on the boards with a game-high 12 rebounds. The Red Dragons outrebounded Nitro 30-19 overall and 7-2 on the offensive end, but couldn't convert those to points.
"The post is wide open, the only time we didn't get anything is when we made a poor post feed," said Kiser, whose forwards Aliff and Kevic Watkins combined for 15 points on a respectable 6-of-13 shooting. "It's wide open, but we can't see it if we're catching the ball, putting our head down and driving the ball to the basket."
The game featured only two ties, the last one coming at 6-6, followed by a 12-3 Nitro run to close out the first quarter.
Taylor Clark had 10 points and Quamise Carter led the game's reserves with six points, all in the third quarter. He contributed a pair of assists, both on the post feeds that Kiser sought all night.
Nitro stays at home for Saturday's 7:30 p.m. contest with Sissonville before taking nine days off prior to a Jan. 8 game at Riverside.
St. Albans begins a four-game homestand on Saturday against Cabell Midland.
In other boys action:
Ripley 69, Lewis County 64 - Kade Harrison poured in a game-high 28 points and Casey Smith added 20 to lead the Vikings (2-3) to a win in the Lewis County Holiday Classic.
John Riley had 20 points for the Minutemen (3-2).
Elkins 52, Oak Hill 50 - L.J. Lawrence had 17 points as the Tigers (6-0) edged the Red Devils (2-2) at the Lewis County Holiday Classic.
Logan Phillips had 15 points and Colby Gainer had 13 for Elkins.
For Oak Hill, Kyalo Bradford had 12 points.
Elkins will face Ripley, followed by Lewis County playing Oakhill.
Contact Assistant Sports Editor Rich Stevens at richstev...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4837.